Thursday, November 16, 2006

Finished A Preemie Set

A friend of mine had a baby girl on Oct 13th. She wasn't due until Nov 21st. The baby is just too cute and she is only 5 lbs 3oz. The preemie clothes were too big so they ended up having to shop at build a bear LOL I decided to make her a couple of hats and a sweater. Can't wait to get it to them.

This is my first try at a sweater (no matter what the size) It was easier and quicker than I thought. Let me know what you think.

Here are pics:

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Two More Finishes

Finally got some more stitching done. I finished two more of the flip it ornies by Lizzie Kate. Tonight I finished Family and two weeks ago I finished Joy.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Some News

It has been 2 months since my last post. Haven't been crafting too much lately since I started my new job. However, I have two annoucements.


A few months ago I stitched a design by Vivian Bales and designed/made buttons for it. The design is called Seaside Memories and is now on sale at Country Cottage
The chart is free with the purchase of the button pack.
Here is a pic:

I have been working on an afghan for my daughter since last year. I put it down for the summer but just finished it tonight. This is a diagonal design and you can find the pattern here:

Here are the pics of Gina's afghan.....the first is the full pic, it is about the size of a twin bed. The second is a close up of the stitches. It was done with Red Heart Blueberry acrylic yarn.

I really need to get back to stitching. I have a model to stitch for Oakhaven designs but haven't had much time or energy to stitch.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Peace ornie by Lizzie Kate

Just started and finished this little guy tonight. This is from the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine (either 2003 or 2004).

Was asked what I'm going to make out of it. I'm going to make it into an ornament but still trying to decide on how to finish it and what shape.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Friends by Lizzie Kate

Here is Friends from the 12 part series of Lizzie Kate's Christmas Blessings Flip its. Finished him July 15th. Now on to Joy. Still waiting to receive Song and Giving. Then have to order the 3 that were just released.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Eggs all wrapped up

I finally finished putting the last touches on the present for Eric's teacher. Here are the pics.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


This is Eggs by Sanman Originals (it is a freebie it was stitched for my son's teacher. She was so good to him this year so I wanted to give her something special. I know that she likes my crafts so I figured why not stitch! As I was stitching this I was looking at the birds. Now, is it a chicken or a rooster? A chicken would have the eggs and the chick but then the rooster would have the plume and the waddle. So I have decided to call it a Ricken LOL. I think I am going to mount this on a basket if I can find the right size. I thought about framing it but, to tell the truth, I just don't feel like trying to find the frame and maybe even a mat for it. It is already late because the last day of school was June 15th but I did make it a point to get her address.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

My Theme Song

Your Theme Song is Fight for Your Right by the Beastie Boys

"Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?"
Aw, mom you're just jealous - it's the Beastie Boys!"

You love to party hard and cause a little trouble...
And you're too busy getting wasted to move out of your parents' house!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Love by Lizzie Kate

Here is the 3rd finish from the LK Christmas Flip It Series. I added her little nostrils because it just looked like she needed a nose.

Friday, April 28, 2006

What Star Treky Character am I?

Your results:
You are Geordi LaForge
You work well with others and often
fix problems quickly. Your romantic
relationships are often bungled.

Geordi LaForge
Jean-Luc Picard
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Scott
Deanna Troi
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Will Riker
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Sulu

Thursday, April 20, 2006

NO - He didn't come with a saddle!

Wanted to introduce you all to the lastest member of our family. His name is Atreyu. The name comes from the movie The Neverending Story. He is a Fila Brasiliero or Brazilian Mastiff. Right now he is just a pup at about 6 months. He was found wondering the streets not too far from my house and we couldn't find the owner. The first night I found that I wouldn't have returned him anyway. There are major indications of abuse. He has a new scar on the back of his neck and it looks like it is from being tied up with a collar that was too small. He also flinches at just about any movement. He is very well mannered, especially for such a young guy. He is house trained and doesn't drag us down the street when we walk him. My 8yo can actually walk him with no problem. I'm breaking him of eating trash so we empty the bag every night and he also likes the cats food so we have to watch that and pick it up. He has gotten very playful the past two days and even picked out a new toy at Petsmart today all on his own. We weighed him today and he is a hefty 81.5 lbs! He is only about 1/2 of his full grown size so I have a feeling that I'm going to need a bigger house very soon LOL Hmmmm, he must be sleeping...I can hear him snoring LOL Oh and as you can see from the pic....he has a drooling problem after drinking. We have been mopping the floor up alot and he has his own towel. I just tell him "Come here and clean your face" and he comes over and lets me dry him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I'm a Talent

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 51%
Lifer: 46%
Mandarin: 38%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

French Country Rabbit

This kit was sent to me by my Aunt. I was going to stitch and give it to her but there was a turn of events and she no longer deserves it so I'm giving it to my grandmother for Easter. It is by Dimensions and is one of those crappy no count stitch kits. Don't like those kits and hate having to "fix" it by putting 1/4 stitches in 14ct aida. He is a cutie and I did more of the outlining in pencil around him since their sketch was really light.

My Wendy's trip

Last week I didn't feel like cooking so I was going to take the kids for fast food. The boys got called to a bday party and were going to eat there so I took my daughter to Wendy's. We went thru the drive thru and bought two burger meals. I got as far as the parking lot across the street and noticed that the burgers didn't have bacon as we ordered so I turned around and took them back. They apologized and gave us 2 new burgers. Before leaving the window I checked the first burger and it was good so we went home. I get home and give my daughter her burger. I then open my burger to find that there was NO BURGER! It has lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, bacon and even cheese! No Burger! Now how the hell do you make a burger and forget the burger???? So now I'm pissed. Back to the car and back to Wendy's. This time my fat butt is going in the store to bitch. I walk in and slam my bag on the counter and tell them this is the 3rd time I'm coming to get the food I ordered. The manager must have seen me from the door and ran over to take care of my complaint. He apologized profusely and ordered me to more burgers. This time he stood there and watched the person make my burgers and asked me if I had fries with my order. I told him that they were at home so he gave me two orders of fresh fries. I get home and my daughter says "Mom, the fries don't have salt, how did they forget the salt?" I turned to her and said "Salt????How the hell do they forget the burger on my burger!!!!!" I think salt was the least of the problem! I swear this stupid crap only happens to me. I can however laugh at myself and I still wonder if that is healthy or not LOL

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another small finish

Here is Hope from the Christmas Flip Its by Lizzie Kate.

What Kind of Car are You?

I'm a Ferrari 360 Modena!

You've got it all. Power, passion, precision, and style. You're sensuous, exotic, and temperamental. Sure, you're expensive and high-maintenance, but you're worth it.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Bingo Chip Bag

I crocheted this back in January for a friend that saw the one I was using and like it. I made another 3 for other friends but didn't get pics.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Christmas Flip it - Charity

This little guy was a really quick stitch. He is one of the first 5 of the new Lizzie Kate series. I stitch him on light oatmeal aida 18ct and the total size is 1 3/4" X 1 3/4".

Sunday, March 05, 2006

My Other Car

I finished My Other Car is a Broom by Lizzie Kate. Instead of the candy corn buttons I made a witches hat from polymer clay.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

What do you think of me?

I'm trying this little test to see what everyone thinks of me. Come on and click. Give it to me, I can take it :)


Sunday, January 29, 2006

What breed of cat are you?

You are a Siamese! You are fun-loving, playful,

energetic, talkative, and exotic. You are

the center of attention and you love every

minute of it.

What breed of cat are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Monday, January 23, 2006

Another finish today

Cashing in on finish number 4 for the year so far. This little guy is Spot of Tea by Dragon Dreams. It is a freebie you can print out from Going thru my charms I found the little teabag charm and decided it would be cute hanging from the S.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Finish #3 for 2006

This is Tea Time by Mill Hill from their Spring Simple Treasures series. It will be mounted on the little cardboard box that came with it but not until after I paint the box since it is just cardboard colored. I started this little guy so long ago but I know it was after 1999. When I ordered it, it came with the little box crushed. I contacted the LNS and she let me keep the damaged one and sent me a new one. Well, in moving it all over (to keep the perforated paper flat I didn't store it with all my others.) I ended up losing the beads so the second kit came in handy.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Wanna See my favorite band?

Does anyone remember Creed? Well, I love the lead guitarist. Not only is he eye candy but he plays outstanding. Creed broke up a couple of years ago, they brought back the bass player, recruited a new lead singer and renamed themselves Alter Bridge. I have been to both of their Philly concerts and yes, even at the ripe old age of 32 I was standing right up front on the left watching Mark Tremonti play every note. I even waited out back after both concerts to get autographs and signatures. The first time I couldn't stay long enough to see Mark come out but the second time I waited over 45 mins in the cold and having to pee until I got this pic.

Right now they have stopped touring (after almost 2yr straight) and they are starting to record a new album. You can bet I'll be there again as soon as they come thru town!

What "Lost" Character are you?

You scored as Jack. You're Jack! You're ready to step up and take control of a bad situation. You don't let fear in, and you're naturally a good person.



























Who is your "Lost" alter ego?
created with

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Are you ready for another "Out of the Mouth of Babes"?

Another priceless story popped into my mind. do I start this one??? Ok, Alex was about 3 years old. Anyone that has had a 3yo son knows that they tend to touch themselves ALOT!!!! Well, let's just say that my two sons did enough for them and then if anyone didn't touch themselves enough then don't worry cause my sons probably touched themselves enough to make up the national average. Most times you ask if they have to pee. At the age of three they aren't always making it to the bathroom in time if playing or watching a "must see" show like Barney or Telly Tubbies UGH.

One particular night I'm just at the bottom of the steps and notice that my son Alex was standing in front of the TV and holding himself. Naturally, I tell him to go to the bathroom. Apparently, the show was better and he didn't hear me so I tell him again. He then tells me that he doesn't have to go. So I tell him to get his hands off of himself then. (and how many times a day does this scenario play out? I lost count).

Well, not thinking about it anymore, 2 minutes later he tells me and I quote:

"Mom, you know what I was holding myself?"


"Cause it's so looooonnnggg"

Well, I almost fell out of the chair! I had to turn around and stiffle the whooping laughter that was coming from somewhere in my intestines. What do you say to that? I said "O.K." ROFLMAO!

The picture in my head you ask? Oh God, 3 years old and I can already see him and the preschoolers lined up in the bathroom during break and measuring up like the big boys. I'm thinking, I know times have changed but COME ON!!!!!!

So my advice on something like that? Walk away and stiffle the laughter in a towel in the next room! You don't want to egg them on LOL

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?

You scored as Cinderella. Your alter ego is Cinderella! You often find yourself doing a lot of housework, but if you are patient, your hard work usually pays off. You are prone to losing things, so dont rush through everything.

Peter Pan




Sleeping Beauty




Donald Duck




Cruella De Ville




The Beast


Snow White


Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
created with

Monday, January 16, 2006

Second Finish for 2006

This is Sweet Honey by Shepherd's Bush, it was a free chart. I started this little one about 5 years ago. Had some fits with frogging and stuffed it to the bottom of the projects piles. The fabric is some raw linen that I hand dyed with kool aid. It still needs the bee charm but I can't find the little bugger right now so this scan will have to do.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

My thoughts on backstitching (and a finish)

I normally dread the backstitching. When I'm finished stiching a piece I want to be finished not have to put a bunch of lines in it. On the other hand when I finish the backstitching and frenchknots etc I'm always amazed how it brings the details to life.

I just finished Candy Cane Penguin by Dimensions/Daydream. It was a kit that came with the mat, glass, cardboard and clips so it was really easy to have it ready to use when I was finished all of the stitching. Here you can see what I mean about the backstitching.

Friday, January 13, 2006

What Mythical Creature are you?

You scored as Mermaid. Mermaid: Mermaids are also known as Sirens. These creatures were beautiful women who tricked sailors into becoming completely entranced by their haunting voices and found death soon after. Not all stories of Mermaids are about gentle loving sea people. They are mystical, magical, and extremely dangerous. They have a way about them that brings anyone they are around to seem enchanted. They are very mysterious creatures and to meet one... Would mean certain Death. Let the song of the Sea fill your soul, for you are a Mermaid.













What Mythological Creature are you? (Cool Pics!)
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Gotta love the things that come out of kids mouths!

Here is just another story to add to my book if I ever write one.

I have only had a car for the past 3 yrs. Before that I was taking public transportation. During the summer you hope to sit next to the person that either atleast took a shower during that month or was liberal with the deodorant. During the holidays you don't want to get on with your 3yo kid because something like this can happen.

One Christmas shopping holiday I was coming home from center city with my friend Debbie, my step daughter Sam and my daughter Gina that was then about 3. Needless to say the bus was packed and I had bags and she was standing up in the seat next to me holding on to the back and having a good time while I was hoping the baby coach didn't unfold in the middle of the aisle and take out someone shin. Debbie was standing near me and Sam was a few seats away. I'm talking to Debbie when all of a sudden my daughter says real loud "Mommy, that guy has a spider on his chin!" Well I turn around to see what she is talking about and sitting right behind us is this little Asian man with a mole the size of a dime on his chin and about 6 hairs sticking out of it. Stiffling the hysterical laughter I tell her in a short tone. "That isn't a spider now turn around and sit down." Well, before she sits she pipes up "Well, what is it?" By this time I'm really trying hard not to laugh and the guy is looking at me and slowly puts his finger over his mole. What do you say to that? I know the first thing that came to mind was to tell the guy the least he could do was pluck the suckers and maybe he would scare the small children but the sheepish grin he gave was enough.

Monday, January 09, 2006

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day so get to work. Hmmmm, I might need this to be a two day holiday!
You scored as Albus Dumbledore. Strong and powerful you admirably defend your world and your charges against those who would seek to harm them. However sometimes you can fail to do what you must because you care too much to cause suffering.

Albus Dumbledore


Hermione Granger


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Harry Potter


Ron Weasley


Remus Lupin


Ginny Weasley


Lord Voldemort


Severus Snape


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
created with
Your Birthdate: November 24

You understand people well and are a natural born therapist.
A peacemaker, people always seem to get along when you are around.
You tend to be a father or mother figure to friends, even to those older than you.
You enjoy your role, and you find that you are close to many people.

Your strength: Your devotion

Your weakness: Reliance on others for happiness

Your power color: Lilac

Your power symbol: Heart

Your power month: June


If I were a character in The Return of the King, I would be Shelob, a Spider and the ancient daughter of Ungoliant.

Who would you be?
The Return of the King Test with Perseus Web Survey Software

Sunday, January 08, 2006

My Stitching Plan

I am trying to make sure that I finish more projects. About 3 years ago I see that I had a lot of finishes but over the past 3 years it has declined A LOT. I only finished about 6 projects last year and none were too big. Now, don't get me wrong. I have started plenty LOL. I have belonged to Stitch A Longs (SALs) for awhile but haven't really stuck to them. This year I have joined a few more in hopes to finish some of these projects so the guilt levels go down when I start another project. Here is the schedule:

Sunday - UFO SAL
No Place Like Home by Mary Engelbreit
Teatime - Mill Hill
Sweet Honey - Shepherds Bush freebie

Monday - Charts & Charms SAL
Animal Magnetism - Dimensions

Tuesday - Angel SAL
Midsummer Nights Fairy by Mirabilia (I know it is a fairy but it is close enough)
Ice Angel by Lavender & Lace

Wednesday - Stitching In The Dark SAL
Eagle In Moonlight - Dimensions Sunset kit
Screaming Daffy - Leisure Arts

Any Day - Teresa Wentzler SAL
Tempest In Teacup - TW freebie

For the past week I have been keeping ok with the plan. Worked on Animal Magnetism, Eagle in Moonlight and No Place Like Home.

You can see my progress pics at these two links:



Lets hope this plan works. As I finish projects I have more to take their places so that will not be a problem. I am also trying to finish crocheting Gina's blanket and have been putting a few stitches here and there during the week. And of course have a bunch of crochet things that I want to do also. I tend to get a crochet bug when it is cold. Especially blankets since they keep me warm when I'm working on it.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! The pic above are of my daughter marching in the Mummers Parade here in Philly, PA. For those who may have never heard of this parade it is very popular and pretty well know to most in our area. It was started about 104 years ago and consists of originally men dressing up and dancing with string bands. Then they added floats and elaborate costumes with sequins, shiney fabrics, feathers and anything else to make fantastic scenery. They march thru just about half of the city and end up in my neighborhood. The official parade is never as much fun as the unofficial one that goes on down on second street in South Philly. There are tons of people, lots of booze, and they perform for us once they get there. Lots of wishing Happy New Year also kissing and hugging people you don't know to wish them a great year. The second pic above is my husband pointing out my daughter. We watched for her on t.v. so I took pics of it to show it all off. Maybe you'll see me there next year! They asked me to join but I think I would rather stay behind the scenes and help with the costumes and floats. I'm much better with a hot glue gun and sewing needle than I am strutting in the freezing cold.

You can read more about the mummers here: if you look you will see that in the fancies division Golden Sunrise won.....that is the group my daughter was in WooHoo. I will also tell you that Fralinger and Quaker City are my two favorite stringbands and they first and second. In the Fancy Brigade the Vikings won and when I tell you they give a great show WOW! I watched them on t.v. (they don't march outside anymore because of the great cost in the costumes and the money won doesn't cover the cost, most of us still feel robbed that we would have to pay to see them in person or stay home and watch them on t.v. but it is still a big debate/arguement about tradition there.) Go find out about a great and fun tradition that we attend every year here! You might just want to show up next year to join in the fun. All are welcome to join me since we go party at a friend's house that is located just a 1/2 block from where they march down to! Leave comments on what you think.